Indiana University Kokomo uses online learning for its new masters degree in nursingIndiana University Kokomo recently announced that it has received approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to begin offering a masters degree in nursing, Inside Indiana Business reports.

Officials told the news provider that the program is set to begin in the spring 2012 semester. The school will partner with Indiana University East to offer students the two-track master’s program, which will involve both classroom and online learning.

The two-track program will provide training in nursing education and administration. Officials noted that the management part of the program will prepare graduates for advanced-level positions at hospitals, surgery clinics, extended care facilities and nurse managed health centers.

“We are fulfilling our responsibilities to our alumni and to the region,” Linda Wallace, dean of the School of Nursing, told the news source. “We have been asked for years to provide this degree, and now we can deliver a quality masters program to all nurses in our region.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical and health services managers – which require a masters degree in nursing administration – are expected to increase by 16 percent over the next seven years.

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